Brescia, Italy, May 16, 2019: Interdisciplinary protection and promotion of the night sky: state of the art, action items, and visions

On May 16, 2019 in Brescia, Italy, there will be a conference concerning the interdisciplinary protection and promotion of night sky, elaborating on state of the art, action items, and visions.

The event is managed by the Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Brescia, the BuioMetria Partecipativa project -active since 2008 on the topics of the conference- and the network. This is composed by professionals with multiple years of international activity, and with a peculiar combination of expertise, intertwining culture, environment, open innovation, and arts.

The conference falls in the line of a recent series of initiatives developed in the context of a collaboration of the BMP project with the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Biometeorology and the Department of Biology at the University of Pisa, including an international symposium on the Island of Capraia in September 2018 and a national workshop in Florence in March 2019.

The conference will take place during the International Light Day celebrated by UNESCO, and has been accepted by the Charter of Architects and the Charter of Engineers in Brescia as valid for the issue of training credits.

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10 AM – Participant registration

10.15 AM – Opening speech by Roberto Ranzi, Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs

10.30 AM – Andrea Giacomelli, network and BuioMetria Partecipativa coordinator: Connecting cities and rural areas to redefine the perception of light at night.

11.30 AM – Maria d’Amore, Light pollution and energy saving. The experience by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

12.30 PM Discussion

1PM Lunch break

2.30 PM Federico Giussani, Photgrapher, “When the shot is hot: emotion and analytics in night photography

3.30 PM Operational proposals, options for collaboration, and discussion

4.30 PM Conclusion

The conference will be chaired by Olivia Long from the University of Brescia.

In addition to the program presented in the flyer, from 6PM to 8PM we are considering an outreach event (venue to be confirmed).

Conference topics

• Overview of the protection and promotion of night skies (light pollution causes, effects, and mitigation strategies);

• Current regulatory framework, and options for improvement deriving from the research sector;

Experiences in the creation of value in from night skies (star parks, astro-tourism and other activities at night).

• Interdisciplinary initiatives, participatory methods, and citizen science for light planning, deriving from Italian and international experiences;

• Interaction with the conference participant, and wrap-up session;

• Sharing of operational proposals for 2019-2020, including the possibility of triggering collaborations with the participants.

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